We had a special visitor all the way from France! Audrey was visiting some friends in Louisiana for the summer and was able to come out to Dallas to spend a week with us. Tracie came out to spend time with her and us as well. We had a great time showing them around Dallas, seeing some sites and eating some good food.
We ate at our favorite pizza place, Cane Rosso, walked around the American Airlines Center, saw the Old Red Dallas County Courthouse, the Grassy Knoll, and the Dallas Museum of Art. It was a lot of fun showing them around.
Shortly after, Audrey's little sister Clemence flew into St George to stay with the Wyson's for about a month. We traveled to Salt Lake for Jared and Sydney's wedding which was great. We stayed up in Park City, spent some time around Temple square, rode the Alpine Mountain Coaster, and had a great time in Utah.
Then we headed down to St George for some fun at the lake. Dana and Jason took all of us out on their boat to do some wake surfing and work on our tans.
It was Clemence's first time out on the boat so she was a little scared at first. She worked up the courage and decided to go on her knees at first.
Then, she got really brave and decided to try it for real, as long as I got in and helped her. After some failed attempts, she finally got up and left me in the dust (as you can see below). She was sooo excited.
Natali got in as well, and decided she liked wakesurfing on her knees better than standing up.
And here are Dana and Jason with Lucas. They just seem like they could live on the lake.
The newlywed couple!
And Dana got out and showed us how it was done.
Back in Dallas, I decided to put some of my free time to good use. BYU was doing a thing where they dropped a "BYU Box" in different cities every day before the football season. I parked downtown waiting for the drop and I was able to snag it in front of the American Airlines Center after some snazzy driving (and possibly some illegal parking).
We decided to go over to Fort Worth and check out what it had to offer. If you visit Dallas, but want to get a little bit more cowboy feel, the place to go is the Fort Worth Stockyards. They have Rodeos every weekend, trick riding shows, and long horn cattle drives through the streets. There are also all kinds of shops and restaurants to check out.
We headed over to see the Fort Worth Water Gardens. I really wanted to cool off and jump in, but I resisted. Very cool to see the huge amount of water everywhere.
And here is what we call a mountain here in Texas. Yeah, we miss the big mountains of Utah, but who needs Mount Timpanogos when you have something like this, am I right?
Natali and I headed down to Austin to catch the BYU v. Texas game. Before the game we were able to catch some sights and eat some food. We found a great restaurant right on the river with some great Hawaiian-Mexican food (yes, that is a thing and it is amazing).
We walked around and inside the Capitol building.
We also saw the Austin Art Wall. We can definitely see why they say "Keep Austin weird."
Then we headed to the game. And yes, it was awesome. I had never heard 100,000 fans as quiet as that day. It was amazing to be there in person and see Taysom's legendary hurdle over the Texas defender.
The look on the Texas fans' faces says it all (well the score does too).